I had two companion books release at the same time. The titles are Trials: Thanks a Lot! and Trials: Now What? Both are written from a Christian worldview on the topic of being thankful in (and sometimes for) the trials of life. In Trials: Thanks a Lot! I explore Scripture to find the reasons why trials come into every life and then I share ten trials from my own life and why I am ultimately thankful for the experience of each one. In Trials: Now What? I offer over forty Scripture based ways a person can endure a trial and emerge with a thankful heart.
Tell us something about yourself.
I’m just a small town girl from Oklahoma who has spent her life loving Jesus and trying to follow Him. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 33 years and we have two grown children and three grand-daughters. I’ve always had a love for books and writing but didn’t attempt to write a book until my nest was empty and my life had lost the hectic pace of raising children.
What inspired you to write this book?
In 2007, I found my life quieter than it had ever been. My kids were grown, I wasn’t working outside the home and for the first time in twenty years I did not have any outside commitments. I sought the Lord’s direction for my life and felt impressed that He was asking me to write a book about being thankful in everything–especially the trials of life.
How did you choose the title?
I struggled with choosing the titles of my books. Trying to come up with something catchy and clever, I finally ended up with titles that can be said with different tones to mean different things. Obviously, I don’t intend for the titles to be read sarcasticly but literally. However, for the person who might read them with a sarcastic tone, I hope it grabs their attention!
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
Fortunately, I didn’t have any obstacles in publishing. The first publisher I submitted my manuscripts to accepted them!
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
Once I decided to write, I just sat down at the computer and typed my thoughts. Once the thoughts and subjects came together, it was just a matter of organizing them into chapters that made sense. The hardest part of writing is ignoring the “urgent” demands around the house–like laundry–and just being disciplined enough to write everyday.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
Oh, my, there was so much to learn from publishing my books! Probably the biggest lesson I learned is that writing is the easiest part–marketing a book is much more difficult.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
If I could do things over, I would have been better prepared and more aggressive in the area of marketing when my book was first released.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I especially like to read Christian fiction. My favorite authors are Karen Kingsbury and Francine Rivers because they take real life situations and weave a stories of practical faith into them.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I am working on my next project which will be a book of thankful thoughts. For the last two years, I’ve posted daily thanksgiving posts on my Facebook fan page. I’m taking the best of those and putting them into book form.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
The best advice I could give another writer is to not be afraid of the unknown and just sit down and DO IT!
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
The perfect reader for my book is the person who may be asking, “Why me, Lord?!” because they are in a trial of life. Women especially relate to my books because I share so many personal stories that women and mothers can identify with, including what it was like to have a prodigal son.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
More information about me and my books, including photos, a complete biography, book excerpts, reviews and links to interviews can be found at my website http://lorraineholman.tateauthor.com